Norfolk - Paranormal Database Records


Location: Strumpshaw - The Goat Inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1960s?
Further Comments: Supposed haunting caused by the spirit of a drowned sailor from World War 2, at least one previous landlord has reported seeing ghostly figures and hearing the piano playing by itself.


Location: Swaffham - Area around Wood Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Disembodied footsteps have been heard in fields in the area, sounding as if crossing marshy land.

Grey Monk

Location: Swaffham - Captain's Close footpath
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom monk is rumoured to walk along this footpath, travelling towards Castle Acre.

John Chapman

Location: Swaffham - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Fifteenth century
Further Comments: John Chapman was a pedlar living in the town who dreamt that if he stood on London Bridge he would hear good news. He travelled to London where he waited on the bridge for three days before telling a shopkeeper about the dream, but not about where he was from. The shopkeeper laughed at Chapman, and said that he himself had a dream of digging up treasure under a tree belonging to a pedlar in Swaffham, but was too wise to pursue 'silly dreams'. The pedlar returned home, dug under his tree and found great wealth that he used to rebuild the church.


Location: Swaffham - Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One local man recalled how, as a boy, he was told about a ghostly woman who walked up and down the graves, as if looking for a particular headstone.

Grey Figure

Location: Swaffham - Cottage near Northwell Poll
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Almost completely transparent, a phantom grey figure is reported to appear in the back garden of a cottage before moving away.

Screaming Shade

Location: Swaffham - Five bedroom house in the area
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Early 2004
Further Comments: UK lottery winner Michael Carroll was reportedly driven from his house by the wailing ghost of a woman whose grave had been disturbed after a swimming pool was constructed there. Some believe that his court appearance for drug possession may have some influence on the sighting.

Green Lady

Location: Swaffham - George Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Little is known about the history of the phantom woman in green spotted at the hotel over the years. She is sometimes seen holding a pan, though her manifestations are normally limited to tapping people on their shoulders or backs or appearing as a fleeting shadow from the corner of an eye.


Location: Swaffham - Market Cross public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early July 2007
Further Comments: A cat has been seen in the building running across the bar area. A member of staff who spotted the animal in July 2007 mistook it for a real creature, only to be told otherwise when she mentioned her encounter to others. There are also stories of a phantom man who sits by the fireplace with a beer.

Old Bicycle

Location: Swainsthorpe - Outskirts of Swainsthorpe, along the road from Brooke
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Heard on one occasion, and seen on another, the bicycle was reported to look and sound as if it had hard iron tyres, and upon observation, was riderless.


Location: Swanton Morley - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An old belief from this area of Norfolk was by running around the church at midnight and whistling through the keyhole, the Devil would be seen.

Raining Liquids

Location: Swanton Novers - Rectory
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 8 August - 8 September 1919
Further Comments: Over the brief period of time, paraffin, sandalwood oil and water (among others) ran from the walls and ceilings of the building - up to fifty gallons in one day.


Location: Syderstone - Rectory near Old Syderstone Hall
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Believed to have moved here when Syderstone Hall was demolished, a poltergeist has the habit of opening windows, even if closed and locked by people living at the Rectory.

Highwayman with Horse

Location: Syderstone - Village Common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Appearing under the light of the full moon, the ghostly highwayman on horseback is reported to say 'Your money or your life', and other such cliché expressions.

John and Amy

Location: Tasburgh - Rainthorpe (or Rainthrorpe) Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 08 September (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Early evening of 8 September, a ghostly pair meet in the gardens of the hall, named by some as Amy Robsart and either John Appleyard (her half brother) or Robert Dudley (her husband). The date of the manifestation is the day Amy died after falling down the staircase at Cumnor Place.

Marge in a Bridal Gown

Location: Terrington St Clement - Parish Church, the 'Lovell' pew
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Every Sunday before Christmas (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Legend says that the chest next to the west door once contained the remains of a bride who was trapped inside after a game of hide and seek went wrong. She is reported to emerge once a year to join in with the choir.


Location: Thetford - A1066 at Snare Hill
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: June 1979
Further Comments: Several witnesses reported seeing a bear on the outskirts of the nearby forest.


Location: Thetford - A11, duel part of the road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 20 November 2006, between 23:45h - 00:15h
Further Comments: Driving to pick someone up, this witness claimed to have seen a ghostly figure on his car bonnet. The figure wore a light thorn coloured suit with a thin red pinstripe, and had dark hair. The figure was said to be smiling. The driver turned to his passenger who was asleep, and when he turned back the ghost had gone.

1930s Motor

Location: Thetford - A11, slip road from Thetford
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: A driver and their passenger were stopped at temporary traffic lights. Both spotted a man wearing googles and hat in what they thought was a classic vehicle from the 1930s. As the witnesses drove away, they noticed the old car had disappeared.


Location: Thetford - Barrow known as Thet Hill, alongside the River Thet
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This redheaded warrior or chieftain reportedly stands near the barrow that may contain his remains.

Concealed House

Location: Thetford - Castle Hill
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story states that a mansion lies buried under the hill, filled with wealth beyond dreams. Another story says that the hill was created by the Devil, created by mud falling from his shoe. Walking around the hill seven times at midnight is said to summon him.

Leper with Two Dimensional Face Gibbering Horribly

Location: Thetford - Countryside near Thetford Warren
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mostly unknown, faceless man in July 2011
Further Comments: Once the location of a leper hospital, this area is now reported to be the haunt of a figure with a strange unreal face, gibbering and terrifying witnesses. The tower house along the Brandon Road is supposed to once have been a leper house; one of the occupants has been seen in the area. A strange face has also been reported looking out from the first floor window of the warrner's house, though internally there are no floors. In July 2011 there was a report of a man observed wearing blue and cream coloured clothing, although he had no face, just black holes for eyes and a hole for a mouth.

The Devil's Holes

Location: Thetford - Grime's Graves, prehistoric flint mine
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The name 'Grime's Graves' is thought to have come about in the sixteenth century, Grime being a corruption of Grim, a pagan god that Christians associated with the devil.

Singing Monks

Location: Thetford - Site of the Priory of the Canons of the Holy Sepulchre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1937 (singing), monk seen in the summer of 1992, around 21:00h
Further Comments: The monks could be heard singing in Latin, in the ruins of the building, followed by a single reading from an unknown text. In 1992 a group of nine teenagers walking through the grounds heard the jangling of chains or keys as they walked through the area. A few moments later a monk wearing sandals and a chain belt ran past them. The teenagers screamed and ran back towards town.

Disappearing Headlights

Location: Thetford - Snare Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010
Further Comments: A motorist reported seeing car headlights around a hundred metres ahead approaching him, although the lights disappeared after he briefly lost visual contact with them. There was nowhere for the car to have turned off, and it did not pass him.

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